Van ends up on roof; two hurt in South Shaver Street accident
By Mark Wineka
A Chevrolet van, hit Friday evening at the intersection of South Shaver and East Horah streets in Salisbury, came to rest on its roof.
A woman passenger in the van and the male driver of the 2005 Dodge pickup that hit the van were hurt.
The van’s driver, Roger Dean Smith, 51, of 1315 N. Long St., escaped injury. Both he and his passenger, Amanda Fortune of 829 S. Jackson St., were able to crawl out of the van after the accident.
Fortune, 31, was bleeding from a cut on her head.
The pickup’s driver, Willie Davis Arnold of 150 Rowland Lane, Salisbury, told Salisbury Police Officer R.S. Ruble that his head hit the truck’s windshield.
Even though the truck’s front end was collapsed in, its airbag did not deploy, according to Ruble.
The injuries to Arnold and Fortune were not believed to be serious.
Alvin Powell witnessed the 7 p.m. accident while he was mowing a corner property at the intersection.
He said the 1988 Chevy van, traveling on East Horah Street, failed to stop for a stop sign and crossed into the path of the Dodge pickup.
Powell said he thought the van turned over twice before landing across the sidewalk in the northwest corner of the intersection.
Ruble said the van was traveling west on East Horah Street. Smith told him that he was blinded by the setting sun and stutter-stopped before proceeding into the intersection.
The northbound truck hit the van squarely between the two axles, Ruble said.
Ruble charged Smith with making an unsafe movement.